“The intuitive, compassionate heart is the doorway to our unity.” ♥ Ram Dass
Very eloquently stated, and there is certainly truth in these words. How do you practice keeping your heart open to being intuitive and compassionate? There is a world of exercises we can utilize to achieve this goal. Personally, I use everything I can get my hands on that feels good to me! Journaling is a wonderful way to tap into things, as is art. In fact, creating an art journal is a very liberating way to experience the journey as you are fully expressing your inner feelings. You can use collage to create your art if it suits you, and it is a very effective way to produce some stunning results. Of course, there is also meditation, prayer, chanting, singing, dancing; all of these acts bring about an open heart. The issue becomes keeping the heart open and listening to your intuition in order to be a compassionate person.
Being a compassionate person comes fairly easy to me, the more difficult part is to use my intuition and honor others by listening. The other day I ran a wonderful 10K race, and recorded my best time ever. I felt so free and full, beyond the brim. Running with some wonderful girlfriends, running on Memorial Day, and running to honor two soldiers who are serving in Afghanistan could not have produced more compassion. Then the old ways set it, I start to talk and when I talk I always say too much! I lay too many cards on the table, perhaps bore people with what I am saying, and honestly if I am doing so much talking how can I be listening and holding a compassionate heart? I know this all exists in my monkey mind, which goes around and around a million different ways. This is not a unique situation for me alone, it is the human condition.
The complication is that we think too much about all we do, forgetting to live in the here and now. Every day this is a practice, every moment sometimes. One can reach their goal, like I did with my run, but one cannot simply stop at their goal. It is imperative that each and every human keeps on working to maintain his or her open, intuitive heart in order to spread compassion in the universe. There is so much suffering in this world; Africa alone is in a state of absolute horror. People will espouse that America has it bad; people are out of work, loosing their homes, etc. No one in America is facing what the people of many African nations are facing right this moment. It is that simple. As human beings we are called upon to hold others up and in our hearts with compassion. It is not the fault of the African people that they are suffering from starvation and many other untold horrors. When we begin to feel sorry for ourselves, or to forget our practice of living with an open heart, remember to begin again right here and now in order that others may be healed and united by our compassion.